Catch of Trigger Happy from Skylanders

Autodesk employee Mauricio Vives got this fantastic model of a Skylanders character using 123D Catch. It was his first catch, and it looks awesome!

He uploaded a video that'll tell you a little more about it, so check it out. It always better to view these kinds of things in action!

3D printed dinosaur claw!

Thingiverse user gavinmurphy used 123D Catch to capture an Allosaurus claw cast from the Peabody Museum. He then uploaded it so everyone can print their own. I want one!

I love to see 123D Catch being used like this - we need more dinosaurs parts! I see schools getting a ton of use out of 3D printing in the future.

Via thingiverse.

TNW Insider about the upcoming new apps

Some key press attended the 123D event in New York last week where we showcased the upcoming apps together with our partners Objet, Makerbot, Shopbot, and Epilog.     Read the Next Web TNW Insider story about the upcoming 123D apps.    

Coming Soon, 123D apps and eco system

Autodesk is announcing a connected ecosystem of apps, platforms, and communities that transforms the experience of 3D design and personal fabrication. Utilizing the power of the cloud and the crowd, the 123D family connects free 3D creation tools with content, community, and fabrication services, so anyone can create, explore, and make. 123D Catch - Take photos of people, places, and things and transform them into detailed 3D models. 123D Sculpt - Explore, shape, and paint 3D sculptures on the iPad. Share your creations with others and export them as OBJ data. 123D Make – Turn your 3D models into cut patterns and animated assembly instructions for making artful creations. 123D - 3D design software enabling personal creation and fabrication of precise and finished objects. My Corner – Your personal cloud storage for your design files, connecting 123D products and workflows. Use your data with the different 123D apps and create physical object through our fabrication services. Gallery - Publish and share your projects and access other people’s creations from the Gallery directly in the products, giving you access to an abundance of ideas of things to create. Instructables - More than 14 million individuals use Instructables every month to explore their interests in technology, crafts, home improvement, art, cooking and more. At the core of Instructables are expert authors who have created and shared more than 65,000 personal projects in the clear step-by-step Instructables format. The updated family of 123D apps is going to be available on desktop, mobile and web browser platforms soon.  Stay tuned for updates.

3D Printed Robotic Dinosaurs!

Something very neat is happening at Drexel University - dinosaur bones are being scanned and then 3D printed! Dr. James Tangorra and Dr. Kenneth Lacovara have teamed up along with other researchers to get this project going.

The dinosaur bones will be printed both at normal size (for display in museums) and on a smaller scale. The smaller scale bones will be assembled into full skeletons and then turned into robots so that the researchers will be able to study how the dinosaurs really moved. The doctors hope to have a robotic limb created by the end of 2012 - a full model will take much longer.

3D printing has really revolutionized the field of paleontology - I can't wait to see where this goes.


Aerial 3D Capture of Autodesk Offices

Gonzalo Martinez of Autodesk got this fantastic 3D capture using 123D Catch and an Octo-Copter UAV to take photos and videos of the Autodesk headquarters in San Rafael, California.

We've seen 123D Catch used in many smaller applications - but this is huge! Using a UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) to capture things on such a large scale could be used in tons of ways. I can't wait to see where this goes. The possibilities are endless!

Also, here's a video of the process, which is awesome:


Startup Weekend is in full swing

Yes, that's right. I am here at TechShop in San Francisco and the first ever Maker Startup Weekend is in full swing. It kicked off yesterday with a ton of workshops for 123D, MeshMixer, 123D Make and 123D Catch. We also had 3D Printing workshops, sewing classes, laser cutting and a ton more.

At this point, teams have been formed and amazing projects are starting to get realized. Here is a small selection of what we might see during the pitches tomorrow evening: Musical Tire Swing, DIY Coffee Roaster, iPad Stylus Holder, DIY Bio Tool, Mini Pinball game, iPad stand.

Go check out Rick's Flickr stream (here) to get closer to the action.

You can also follow David Lang on Twitter (here) for last minute updates.

Be sure to check back tomorrow for more info on the projects.


Sharing is Caring

As part of our effort to help you make really cool stuff, we created the 123D Gallery. If you are an avid 123D user you are likely already familiar with the Gallery.

If you aren't familiar with the Gallery, we have created a quick video tour to help you see how to share your creations or use an existing model for your designs. The gallery is full of 3D Models, Images, Props and Parts, basically everything you need to get started or make your models more realistic.

Another cool feature of the Gallery is that you can showcase your own creations. You can easily post your designs back to the Gallery and allow others to incorporate your content into their design.

Sharing is Caring! So go forth and show 'em what you got.


Catch to Print

Bilal Ghalib over at Instructables has shared a guide for turning your 3D Catches into 3D prints. This opens up a ton of 3D printing possibilities. Imagine an entire 3D printed chess set made from members of your family. And while your at it, why not Catch all of your limbs for posterity (in case you should ever lose one and need a prosthetic). I'm interested to see all of the possible things that can be done with your 3D objects. Tell me what is is you want to Catch in the comments below. Or better yet, go Catch some things and share them in the gallery!

123D Snowman Challenge

The days are getting rapidly shorter, the weather has turned frigid, and winter is setting upon us. Now, more than ever, is a great time to stay indoors and have some 3D modeling fun. So, curl up in front of your computer with a warm cup of cocoa and make a snowman!

To help you get started, we have provided you with a snowman template and some snowman parts for you to decorate it with. However, don't feel obligated to limit yourself to only these parts. You may decorate the snowman however you wish.

Anyone who uploads an original image or 3D model of their snowman to the 123D gallery before January 31st will be getting a free Instructables 1-year pro membership.

Here is a helpful video to help you start to build your snowman